by Connor Stoklosa ’19
My name is Connor Stoklosa and I am a Junior day student at George school. I live roughly twenty minutes away, on the other side of Newtown. This video is what a day of my George School life looks like through my eyes. Join me on my adventure and gain a greater understanding of our community.
by Khy Zungu ’18
Senior year is stressful for anyone, no matter what school. At George School, academics are extremely important, but so is mental health. As a senior boarder and a prefect, there are certainly many things on my plate, but academics is a priority. When preparing for exams, the campus changes. The air is filled with mystery, anxiety, and confidence. Students walk a little faster from class to class and everyone’s backpacks are slightly heavier. Exams at George School are no joke, however, George School students are known to “over-prepare”.
My freshman year, I was terrified for exams. It was my first year in high school and my first year ever taking so many exams at once. I had seven classes and the way the schedule worked out, I was going to have my hardest exams on the same days. My prefects knew that everyone in the dorm was stressed. They kept their doors open so that anyone could come in and talk if they wanted to. The weekend before exams would be dedicated to studying, having certain quiet hours during which students would be expected to be studying. My dorm parents and prefects came around every hour to check on me and make sure I was okay. I was asked if I needed help more times than I can count, and my dorm parent had an extravagant snack time consisting of monkey bread, chips, and pizza, during the study break.
As a senior, I can say how much effort George School puts into making me feel prepared for not only my exams, but also college, makes me feel extremely comfortable.
There is never a moment when you are not around a student leader. In the dining hall, on the athletic fields, in the classrooms, and even in your dorm. Our student leaders are all around us and sometimes without us knowing that one is in our presence. From being a curious freshman to needing help with my Pre-Calculus homework, I have always taken advantage of the student leaders around me. They always make me feel like I belong at George School and they are a big part of the many reasons why being here means so much to me. Since I had such a positive experience with the student leaders I interact with, I wanted the opportunity to spread this warmth I felt to others.
I applied for my first leadership position at the end of my sophomore year. I knew that by then I had the necessary tools to handle any situation that was presented to me. I basically had two years of being a student at George School under my belt, which let me familiarize myself with the rules, the adult support, and some connections that have helped me make the most out of my experience here. The position was called a Junior Peer Group Leader; the purpose of peer group is to integrate the newest members of our George School family properly onto our campus. My favorite part of peer group as a freshman was watching Disney movies with pizza, cookies, and soda before my next class. It was such a good break from my chaotic day and I made a lifelong friend because of peer group.
I knew that I would be a good match for the position, but I constantly had concerns about the people not liking me or not planning fun activities or even if they would ever speak to me again after our short time we spent together. All of these feelings quickly vanished when I first met the people I would be spending about an hour a week with. The group was so friendly, outgoing, and always had funny stories to tell the group. We spent most of our time just talking about our George School experiences and what we hope for in the future. We also played silent Hide-and-Go-Seek in the library after eating a bag of clementines. These sessions were the highlight of my week and a breath of fresh air during some stressful times. Being a peer group leader allowed me to form close relationships with different people who I would have never imagined being close to.
Although Junior Peer Group was the first of my leadership positions, it was certainly not my last. I am a Varsity Cheerleading Captain, Lead Tour Guide, and Prefect in Central Main. These positions are all special to me in their own way and when I reflect on why I chose to apply, it all boils down to one reason: George School gave me the confidence to interact with those who you might not initially be close with, but will have the ability to form a genuine connection with these individuals. I am appreciative of the leadership positons I have held/currently hold, and I hope that I have inspired others to follow in my footsteps.
by Rishi Madnani ’19
My favorite activity here at George School is acting. I’ve done it all my life, and it was one of the biggest reasons that I chose George School. There are multiple opportunities for me to act at George School, including theater, film, “improv,” and more. One of the art classes offered here at George School is Theater Arts, which takes place during the day as a normal academic class would. I currently take IB/Advanced Theater Arts, a continuation of normal Theater Arts. In this class, I learn about and practice Sanford Meisner’s technique of acting, which defines it as “living truthfully in the moment under imaginary circumstances.” Additionally, we offer three performance classes every year, two straight plays and one musical. These classes meet after school every day, as a sport would. George School’s theater program is seen as an academic class and experience. Given the maturity and professionalism of students at George School, the performances that take place here are typically uncommon for a high school- this prepares me for levels of acting beyond high school. Another art at George School is Film, in which students write, direct, and produce their own film projects. Theater students will often feature in these films, practicing their art in yet another form.
by JoceLynn Labossiere ’19
- You can play Foursquare with your friends after school and on the weekends to relieve some of the stress of the day.
- You can play fun music and have room to dance to it since it is such a large outdoor space.
- The C has a cool echoing sound that comes from it so it’s fun to talk to finds and hear the change in your voices.
- It is a great place to have outdoor concerts.
- It’s a great place to watch the stars at night since the area is so open and the sky is so clear.
- It creates the proper front for George School’s annual water balloon fight as it is such a wide area and allows for a lot of vantage points.
- It is the perfect place to eat lunch while basking in the sun.
- It is the ultimate stage for seeing those who are dressed up for prom as it has two large porches that are amazing for viewing people’s dresses and suits.
- The bushes provide shade for the benches around them so you can watch people play Forsquare and be protected from the heat.
- You can always find faculty dogs to pet as their owners often cross this area while walking them.
by Tyler Gilbert ’18
There is no place on campus that I feel reflects community life at George School better than the Hayden Family Fitness Center. The Fitness Center is located on the second floor of the Fitness and Athletics Center (FAC), and it is a place where many students often spend their time. Depending on when I have other athletic commitments or if I need to catch up on schoolwork, I typically try to work out every day after school. I think that the Fitness Center reflects George School’s community, as students are not the only people who utilize this facility. Just last week I was training with an alumnus while my old English teacher was running on the treadmill, my math teacher was working out with a trainer, my friends were lifting weights, my sister (an alum) was biking, and my friend’s dad was deadlifting. The Fitness Center is not just a gym for students, but rather a place for the entire community (including alumni and extended family members) to train.
I personally see George School as an extremely open community, and the Fitness Center truly speaks to this characteristic. The facility caters to everyone’s interests, and not one person feels uncomfortable being active in that particular environment. I will admit it was weird adapting to seeing one of my teachers work out hours after I was just in class with them, but nevertheless this relationship illustrates just how close our community is. We treat one another as equal, and I am grateful to say that we all respect one another despite our differences (in strength level and beyond).
by Annie Borovskiy ’20
A passion I found at George School is managing for the varsity girls’ basketball team. I played basketball my freshman year of high school, but this year I chose to manage due to an injury. In middle school, I managed the boys’ basketball team and I enjoyed doing the book and watching the games. I chose to manage because I still wanted to be a part of the team and help out as much as I can even if it is off of the court. As a manager, I fill up water before the games and I report stats on the iPad. I have found a new passion of being behind the scenes during games and practices because I still feel a part of the team. The fitness and athletics center is my favorite place on campus so being there after school is what I enjoy most. I also announce the starting line ups at home games and I enjoy doing that because everyone in the stands gets really excited. Overall making the decision to become a manager this year is something I have grown to love doing every day and I am very excited to pursue this passion for my following years at GS!
By Tucker Ballantyne ’18
When I first came to George School I was insanely shy. I had a few friends that I talked to, but that was about it. I hated how shy I was, but had no idea what I could do to change myself.
During sophomore year course sign-ups, I saw theater and thought to myself, why not? For an introvert, going on stage and acting is the most terrifying thing in the world. That being said, I really wanted to change. I went through the theater equivalent of a trial by fire. Every time I went in front of the class I would do something embarrassing and funny. Though it was difficult at first, once you’re used to intentionally embarrassing yourself, everything else is easy.
That gave me the courage to participate in a few of the full theater productions that we do each term. It was incredibly fun and I learned a lot about myself in learning how to be more outgoing. I am going to be going off to college soon, and even though I’m majoring in something about as far from theater as possible, mechanical engineering, I still hope to be able to participate in any theatrical productions I can. Through theater I have emboldened myself to the point where I’m not afraid to go onstage and perform, and I’ve made a lot of friends. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is scared to put themselves out there but still wants to try.
by Chloe Lentchner ’19
The Community is unlike any other
Never have I ever been a part of a place so warm and welcoming before I arrived at George School. GS is such a unique school because everyone actually cares about you and your success.
You can purse your interests
At George School you will find people who are passionate about so many different things and that is because you are able to explore any interests you may have. The arts department is filled with all sorts of classes such as, theater, painting and drawing, ceramics, woodworking, and dance. While our athletic department has so many sport options such as, swimming, equestrian and field hockey. For students who have interests beyond that you can create a club or join a club like Model UN or Argo (the student run literary magazine). It’s so cool that we all have the chance to continue to dive deeper into things that you love but at the same time, discover new interests.
For being open for 125 years now, GS has acquired a lot of traditions that the students and community as a whole get excited about. One thing that I personally look forward to is Live Music Weekend. LMW is put together by Goldfish n’ Java (a student music club) and is a weekend on campus filled with student performances. I am a musician myself and having the chance to perform with my friends and for my friends is such a fun time.
You can be yourself!
In a community like George School you will be accepted for whoever you are. That’s why I love GS because the people you meet are genuine. By being yourself, you will find friends that you connect with and create lifelong friendships, which is why I think GS is the actual best!
by Claire Heydacker ‘18
In France, each year during January, the bakery’s shelves are full of Galette Des Rois. A French tradition, this cake is shared on January 6 to celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem. A Galette Des Rois, is a large cake-sized puff pastry, filled with frangipane, a sort of almond cream. Inside of this galette, is hidden a fève, a small sometimes porcelain figurine.
As the tradition goes, the youngest child hides under the table as the galette is cut, and decides which person gets which piece, without seeing the pieces. After this is done, everyone enjoys their share, and whomever finds the fève in their piece becomes the King or Queen, and gets to wear the cardboard crown provided with the galette.
This is by far one of my favourite holidays to celebrate each year, as it gathers friends and family. Even though I am no longer able to fully participate in this tradition, as it is not celebrated in America, I still keep all my past fèves, and bake galettes in January.
Thanks to George School’s diverse and inclusive community, I’ve actually been able to bring my celebration to our school. Working with George School’s French Club, we’ve since incorporated this holiday. We invite students to take part in the baking of the galettes, the finding of the fève, and the crowning of the King or Queen!